How the Cloud Is Advancing From 'Rookie' to MVP

 
 
By Gina Roos  |  Posted 2016-03-30 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    How the Cloud Is Advancing From 'Rookie' to MVP

    IT pros and execs clearly see the cloud's value. Here are 15 reasons the cloud is progressing from 'promising rookie' to Most Valuable Player.
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    2 - The Cloud Is the Future of IT
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    The Cloud Is the Future of IT

    86% of respondents believe that cloud computing is the future of IT.
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    3 - Safety in Numbers
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    Safety in Numbers

    When faced with physical disasters, eight in 10 respondents believe their organizations' data is safer in the cloud than on premises. Six in 10 believe the same when facing a malicious attack.
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    4 - Cloud Believers
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    Cloud Believers

    Seven in 10 consider themselves cloud believers while two in 10 are unconvinced; however, 11% don't have enough information about the cloud.
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    5 - Knowledge Misalignment
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    Knowledge Misalignment

    More than two in 10 (22%) indicate that on-staff knowledge was a barrier to migrating services. Yet 60% said their staff could "implement a cloud strategy independently."
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    6 - Number of Cloud Deployments
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    Number of Cloud Deployments

    91% have deployed at least one service in the cloud. On average, organizations have 4.1 services in the cloud, an increase from 2.7 services in 2014.
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    7 - Services Deployed in the Cloud
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    Services Deployed in the Cloud

    The top services respondents expect to deploy in the cloud in the next three years include servers/data centers (22.5%), phone systems (21.5%), disaster recovery (21%), finance and ERP (18.5%). Microsoft Exchange and Office were also on the list.
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    8 - Moving to the Cloud
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    Moving to the Cloud

    60% said they could move to the cloud themselves. Of those that already-migrated services, 53% handled the process internally, compared with 11% in 2014, while 47% used a third party.
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    9 - Starting Over
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    Starting Over

    50% of organizations that deployed a cloud solution on their own would outsource the deployment if they could start again.
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    10 - Third-Party Sources
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    Third-Party Sources

    For those that used a third party, 40% worked directly with a cloud services provider while 37% used a consultant/VAR and 14% worked with a data center/infrastructure provider.
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    11 - Single Provider Rules
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    Single Provider Rules

    Five in 10 respondents would prefer to rely on a single cloud provider versus a unique provider for each service.
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    12 - Biggest Benefits
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    Biggest Benefits

    Of those with services in the cloud, scalability (81.5%), flexibility (75%) and lower total cost of ownership (72%) were cited as the top-three expected ben­efits of moving to the cloud.
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    13 - Matching Expectations and Reality
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    Matching Expectations and Reality

    For the first time in the three years the survey has run, the top three expected and realized benefits were in sync. Scalability is realized by 64% of respondents, followed by flexibility (62%) and lower total cost of ownership (about 50%).
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    14 - Top Barriers
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    Top Barriers

    55% of respondents cited security as the top concern/barrier in moving to the cloud, unchanged since 2013. Compliance concerns grew to 40% in 2015, up from 31% in 2014.
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    Cloud Budgets

    50.5% said their cloud budgets in­creased in 2015, and five in 10 respondents expect their budgets for the cloud to increase again in 2016.
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    Provider Selection

    Reliability (91%), price (79.5%) and customer service (62%) were key criteria in selecting a cloud provider.
 

As more IT professionals and executives see the cloud as a mature technology, they agree on its value. Both groups believe increasingly that their data is safer in the cloud than on premises in the event of challenges such as physical disasters or malicious attacks, according to new research released by cloud services vendor Evolve IP. The survey of more than 1,080 IT professionals and executives finds that the average number of services deployed on the cloud increased significantly in the past year. Nearly all organizations surveyed now have at least one service in the cloud. While the majority believe the cloud is the future of IT and plan to spend more on the cloud in 2016, it hasn't been an easy transition. Nearly half the organizations that deployed a cloud solution on their own would outsource to a provider if they had to do it again, the study found. In addition, about half of departmental cloud applications were made without IT involvement, which can lead to security challenges. Here's why the report suggests that the cloud has advanced from "promising rookie to the face of the franchise."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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